Wilbur D. Klink

WilburKlinkWilbur D. Klink
, 81 of Bloomington died at 7:19 PM on Sunday June 12, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

There will be a memorial service for Wilbur on Friday June 17, 2016 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Rev. Billy Newell will officiate. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Private inurnment will be later at Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum in Bloomington. Military rites will be performed by the Bloomington – Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Wilbur was born August 1, 1934 in Bloomington to August and Marie Ihrcke Klink. He married Irene Robbins on July 29, 1960 in Bloomington. She preceded him in death on August 31, 1997 in Bloomington. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Walter and William Klink.

Wilbur is survived by one daughter Judith (John) Marietta of Davenport, Florida, two grandchildren, Antoinette Davis of Pittsburgh, PA and Sean (Meagan) Davis of Russellville, AK, and three sisters Betty Lamb of Geneseo, Barbara (Robert) Lyons of Green Valley and Margaret Altine of Bloomington.

Wilbur proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Wilbur was past president of McLean County Antique Car Club, The Over the Hill Motor Cycle Club and was Founder of V8 Ford Club in Bloomington and was also active in the Central Illinois Regional V8 Ford Club in Peoria.

He worked many years as a mechanic for Meeker Auto Parts in Bloomington and later for Union Camp Corporation in Bloomington. His passion was mechanical work and restoring vehicles. He loved restoring 1940 Fords and restored every body style from that year. Wilbur won many awards from restoring cars over the years. He also loved working on everything from lawn mowers to Volvo for his family and friends. Everyone was always welcome at his garage.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran School.

His skillful hands, words of wisdom, and kind assistance to all who passed through his life will be missed by all.

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Jackson “Jack” T. Harsha

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Jackson “Jack” T. Harsha, 89 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away peacefully with his loving family surrounding him on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 2:02pm at Heritage Health Care of Bloomington, Illinois.

Jack’s service will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 10am at First Christian Church of Bloomington with Pastor Jim Warren officiating. Following the service he will be entombed at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington with Military honors conducted by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1-3pm at Beck Memorial Home. Memorials may be made to the VFW Post 454 Bloomington or American Cancer Society.


Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Jackson HarshaJack was born on March 27, 1927 in Normal, Illinois, the son of Frank and Hannissa A. Hutcheson Harsha. He married Mary Leonard on June 1, 1949 in Peoria, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his children; Sandra (Doug) Haas of Bloomington and Kristi Bayne of Normal, grandchildren; Brian (Francine) Haas and Kelsey Bayne and 1 brother; William (Joann) Harsha of Florida. He is preceded by his parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters.

Jack started his career at age 16 with the Williams Oil-O-Matic Heating Co. later known as Eureka-Williams Company. He worked for 45 years for the company retiring in 1989.

Jack was a proud and dedicated Sergeant 1st Class serving in WWII and Korean War. While serving overseas in Berlin, Germany he was a decorated Train Commander on the “Dreamliner” (Transport Division Rail Omgus) and also played football for the “Fighting Thirteenth” Berlin Bears Football Team.

He was a member of First Christian Church of Bloomington, VFW Post 454, American Legion Post 56 Bloomington and Post 635 Normal, Forty and Eight Society and the IAOM Union.

Jack never met a stranger and loved golfing, fishing, camping and was known as the ultimate jokester. He also was an avid and ardent fan, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.

Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family. His family would always hear him say “All good things come from Heaven”.

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Judi Ann Schirer

Judi Ann Schirer, 56 of Normal, IL passed away at 5:25 AM on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Heartland Healthcare, Normal IL.

A private family service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery, Downs, IL. Rev. Steve Evans will be officiating.

Surviving is her Mother, Jean Schirer, Normal, IL.

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Jane Nygood Plum

JanePlumJane Nygood Plum, 92 of Normal, IL, passed away at 2:00am at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL on May 1, 2016.

Services will be at 11:30am on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Church 1613 East Emerson Street, Bloomington, IL 61701. Rev. Lynnda White will officiate. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, 423 North Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761; The Unitarian Universalist Church, 1613 East Emerson Street, Bloomington, IL 61701; or to the Moses Montefiore Temple, 102 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington, IL 61701. Cremation services were provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Jane was born on February 5, 1924 in New York City, NY., the daughter of Samuel C. and Hannah Harriet Levi Nygood. She married Abram Marcellus Plum in 1955; he preceded her in death in 2002.

Surviving is her son, Marc A. Plum, Woodbury, CT.

She trained in ballet, modern dance, and Spanish dance in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Ballet Theater School, and the Robert Joffrey School. Jane performed professionally in the touring companies of “The Merry Widow”, “Brigadoon”, and “Finian’s Rainbow”.

In New York City she danced in a production of “Good News” at the “Equity Library Theater”, also with many modern dance companies in concerts throughout the city.

Moving to Bloomington, IL in 1965, she began teaching ballet at the Y.W.C.A., was a founding member of the Twin City Dance Association and the Twin City Ballet. She performed there as Grandmother, in the “Nutcracker, witch in “La Sylphide”, and nurse in “Romeo and Juliet”.

Several of her students became professional dancers.

As choreographer she created “Young Concert Dancers”, a children’s performing group. She with other dancers participated in Abram M. Plum’s faculty recitals at Illinois Wesleyan University using his compositions, here and elsewhere.

Jane also performed and choreographed musicals at Community Players Theatre, and was a member of “Young at Heartland” senior acting group.

Jane has a conferred Bachelor of Art Degree from Northwestern State University, Louisiana; and her Masters in Arts in French, from Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

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Laverna Marie Kearfott

Laverna Marie Kearfott, 83, of Pawnee, IL, formerly of Bloomington, IL, passed away at 3:27am at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL on May, 1, 2016.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Services will be on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11:00am at the memorial home with Rev. Gary Ballard officiating. Interment will be at the Hinthorn Cemetery, Lake Bloomington, IL.

Surviving are two children; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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John Norman Bagosy Jr.

BagosyphotoJohn Norman Bagosy Jr. 67, of Normal passed away at 1:10 PM on Sunday April 24, 2016 at Heritage Health in Normal after a forty year battle with cancer.
There will be a funeral service for John at 10 am on Friday April 29, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Andy Johnson will officiate.

Visitation will be held for John Thursday April 28, 2016 at the funeral home from 5-¬7 pm. Interment will take place at Funks Grove Cemetery in McLean.
Military rites will be conducted by both active duty Army and the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

John was born March 19, 1949 in Bloomington to John Norman and June Lawson Bagosy. He married Kathryn Sue Biscart on August 12, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She preceded him in death on October 18, !984 in Phoenix, Arizona. He later married Tonda Coone in Peoria. She resides in Normal and he was blessed to have her in his life.

He is also survived by four children, Marcy (Thomas) Cavalier of Enterprise, Alabama, John Norman (Lori) Bagosy III of Scottsdale, AZ, Myles Martinson of Nashville, TN and Scarcey (Tom) Card of Danville, IL as well as two grandchildren Carson and Cameron Cavalier. He is also survived by one sister Tina Roberts of Minier, a niece Christen Roberts of Chicago and a nephew Jesse Roberts of Watertown, New York.

After high school John served six years in the United States Army serving two tours of duty in Vietnam where he served with the 68th Assault Helicopter Company as a door gunner. He was awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with the Bronze Star, Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He then returned to the States where he was a drill sergeant for two years at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. In 1973 he was honorably discharged having reached the rank of staff sergeant. He was a true Patriot and loved his country dearly.

After the military he started his real estate career with Century 21 Baumgart and Sopper where he was awarded the Top Associate of the Year Award in 1978. He enjoyed a career in real estate for 25 years. John attended Eastview Christian Church in Normal and was a past member of the American Pilots Association, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of both the local VFW and American Legion. He was also a member of the National Association of Realtors and a member of the Bloomington Normal Association of Realtors. John enjoyed participating in the Patriot Guard Riders and truly loved telling stories about his life, riding his Harley and traveling.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bloomington Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

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Brandon E. Copes

Brandon CopesBrandon E. Copes, 29 of Eureka, died at 1:32 AM on Monday April 11, 2016 at OSF St James John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

There will be a funeral for Brandon on Saturday April 16, 2016 at 10AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington.  There will be a visitation from 5-7 PM Friday April 15, 2016 at the Funeral Home.  Minister Keith Barclay and Pastor Brett Woernerwill officiate.  Interment will take place in Pike Township Cemetery in Chenoa at 12 PM on Saturday.

Brandon was born on August 4, 1986 in Aurora, Colorado to Bill and Dawn Dell Copes.  They survive and reside in Carterville, IL.   He is also survived by his fiancé Amber Baer of Eureka.  They were expecting the birth of their first son this summer.  His three siblings, Teal (John) Hunter of Tampa, FL, Scott Copes of Panama City, FL, and Chelsey (Darrel Vinson) Copes of Bloomington, as well as his maternal grandmother Juanita Dell of East Peoria.

Brandon was formerly a member of the Illinois National Guard and a veteran of the United States Army.  He graduated boot camp from Fort Leonard wood, Missouri, a member of the Chemical Weapons Battalion.  He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan and also an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.  He most recently was employed by the Peoria Chiefs as a member of the grounds crew.  He attended Living Faith Fellowship Church in Eureka.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chestnut Health Systems in Bloomington at 1003 Martin Luther King Drive.  Bloomington, IL  61701

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Beverly Campbell

Beverly Campbell 1Beverly Campbell, 80, of Normal, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4:07pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

Her memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington with Pastor Chad Sparks officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-6pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Covell Community Church, Covell, Illinois.

Beverly was born on September 26, 1935 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Logan A. and Dorothy Cordts Webb. She married Floyd Campbell on May 2, 1959 in Illinois. He preceded her on June 26, 1967.

Beverly is survived by her two children; Dennis (Becky) Campbell of Pelican Rapids, MN and Shawn (Greg) Ales of Pekin, IL, 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren with one on the way and 1 great-great grandchild along with her two sisters; Shelley Carroll of San Francisco, CA and Lynn (Jim) Booth of Truckee, CA.

Beverly is preceded by both her parents and two sons; Mark Campbell and Timmy Campbell.

She was a graduate of Bloomington High School and is a member of Covell Community Church. She worked as a book keeper for Hicks Gas retiring after 37 years.

Beverly enjoyed volunteering for the Bloomington Cardinal Youth Football Team. She loved reading, sewing, watching Cardinal Baseball and spending time with her family and friends.

She will be greatly missed by all of them.

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Irma L. Sands

Irma SandsIrma L. Sands, 95 of Normal died at 11:35 PM Sunday April 3, 2016 at McLean County Nursing Home in Normal.

There will be a funeral service for Irma on Saturday April 9, 2016 at 11 AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Jim Smiley will officiate. There will be a visitation for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Roseville Township Cemetery in Roseville at 3:30 PM Saturday.

Irma was born December 22, 1920 in Monmouth to George W. and Phebe Houlton Braselton. She married Henry “Dale” Sands on November 21, 1942 in Bowling Green, MO. He preceded her in death on January 26, 1978 in Swan Creek, IL. She was also preceded in death by one son, William Sands, and two sisters, Mildred Howard and Dorothy Taylor.

She is survived by three children, Larry (Anita) Sands of Towanda, Joseph (Marie) Sands of Red Feather Lakes, CO and Anita (Bob) Liggett of Washougal, WA, five grandchildren, Eric (Jennifer) Sands, Aaron (Cari) Sands, Dana (Scott) Wazny, Nicole (Adam) Sheehan, Joseph Dale Sands, ten great-grandchildren, Matthew, Grace, Isaac, Faith, and Joy Sands, Sam and Willa Sands, Emma Pearl and Jacob Wazny, and Aidan Sheehan as well as one brother, Don (Maxine) Braselton of Roseville.

Irma was a graduate of Knox College where she earned a degree in Music Education. She taught and played piano all her life. She was a member of Swan Creek United Methodist Church and attended Park United Methodist Church in Bloomington. She played the organ for many years at both churches. She enjoyed gardening and flowers and loved to spend time with her family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Swan Creek United Methodist Church.

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William L. Lowe

WilliamLoweWilliam L. Lowe, 85 of Leroy died at 11:35 AM on Tuesday March 29, 2016 at Advocate BroMenn in Normal.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

He was born June 29, 1930 to William and Doris Hazel Lowe. He married Marilyn Sue Elpers on December 9, 1961 in Logansport, IN. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Doris (Kenny) James of Logansport, Larry (Susan) Lowe of Kokomo, IN, Lynn (Gary) Shelmadine of Leroy, Patty (Sam) Spriggs of Kokomo, Linda (John) Weed of Leroy, Brenda Lowe Leroy, Denita Lowe of Bloomington, Billy (Lisa) Lowe of Leroy, Kim (Jeff) Zumwalt of Leroy, Jeannie (Doug) Cade of Cape Coral, FL, one son in law, Mark Boyd of Bloomington, one sister Betty Underhill, thirty-two grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter Kelly Boyd.

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